Friday, September 2, 2011

Be Still My Heart

I can't stop thinking about it.  And every time I think about it, I smile.  My heart skips a couple beats.  I'm insanely happy.

Lexington has a new hardware store.

(What did you think I meant???)

Yep, a brand-spankin-new hardware store in the big building where the Chevy dealership used to be, so I'm doubly happy.  We now have a decent place to buy tools and sandpaper and plumbing supplies and electrical stuff, and now folks see a nice locally-owned business instead of a vacant building when they come to town from the south.  And to top it all off, they sell Valspar paint, which saves me a 45-minute trip to the closest big-box store and lets me support small business.  (Although I will kinda miss the hot guy in plumbing at the Lowe's in Warrensburg.)  I'll need Valspar paint when I finally decide to tackle the peeling paint on the east side of my house.  That's a September/October project.

Now if I could just find someone to help me get my cast-iron clawfoot tub out of the hardware store parking lot, I'd be really, really happy...


  1. That is exciting! How did your tub end up in their parking lot?

    Have you figured out why the paint is peeling? Is it coming off the spots where you had scraped and primed or the places where you painted over old paint?

  2. I know how you feel....we have so many vacant buildings and one walmart that's nothing more than a dollar store with groceries. My son had to drive 35 miles today to shop at Lowes for my bedroom remodel project.

    If I could choose a store to locate in our town it would be a Rural King. That's a farm & garden store that carries everything I need - from chicken feed to shoes and clothing. I love that store!

  3. Sounds like time to call WTB. I think I remember reading about the tub, but everything else is gone from my memory banks.

  4. DaveS, The paint is peeling where I painted over old paint. The east side of the house gets a lot of sun & weather and I think that's part of the reason for the peel.

    Karen Anne, The tub story probably deserves a post of its own. Coming soon.

  5. The paint on the side of my California bungalow that faced the sun always degraded much faster than the paint on the other sides.

    That house had low enough sides so that I could paint it myself, bliss.

  6. I am now remembering a little story about hardy women :-)

    Part of the time I was growing up, my family and my grandparents lived in a one story ranch duplex. My grandparents owned the house, and at the time of this story, my Grandfather had passed away, so the house was my grandmother's.

    One day my Dad came home from work and found my not so young, maybe in her 70s, grandmother up on a ladder, starting to paint the house. She had gotten some estimates from painters, decided they were too high, and decided she'd do it herself.

    I don't remember how the house got painted, but it was not by my grandmother. Dad had a fit. (Wait, holy cow, I'm almost that old. That isn't too old to paint one's house :-)

    Grandmom was the daughter of immigrants and lived through the Depression (the first one, that is, sigh) with four kids, so she never wasted money.

  7. Regarding the paint, that's kinda what I figured. When I was reading your posts about painting and saw that you primed only the bare spots, I was afraid you might run into this. A lot of it depends on the kind of paint you use and the kind of paint you're painting over. It shouldn't matter that that side of the house gets more sun and weather. If that were the case, everyone would have peeling paint on at least one side of their house. Probably not what you want to hear, but at least you can prime as you touch up.

  8. Hi Jayne:

    This is completely off topic to this post, but I thought you might be interested in it as it may be related to the Kelly family.

    Delta College library book on interlibrary loan survives EF-5 tornado near Joplin, Mo.

    Patrick Kelly recovered the book from the rubble and returned it three months after the twister took everything at his Wentworth, Mo. home...

    You can read the full article here:

    The Bay City Times: Delta College library book on interlibrary loan survives EF-5 tornado near Joplin, Mo.